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Posted Sunday, January 13, 2008
                 
Mattapan teen gets boost from Posse
                    
By Michael Givens

A slew of Bay State students have been receiving early acceptance letters from colleges for the past several weeks, but none are more grateful than Anthony Mathieu, who says he owes it all to his Posse.

I was really excited. I felt really accomplished, said the Mattapan teen, who has received a Posse Foundation scholarship funding four years of study at Hamilton College.

Founded in 1989 in New York City, the Posse Foundation takes academically gifted teens from the inner city and places them in a posse, or group of 10 students. The students study together and support each other as they prepare for college.

According to Susan Dalelio, director of Boston's Posse program, more than 3,000 teens applied to the program this year. Mathieu was one of 60 who received a full scholarship.

He will attend Hamilton, a Posse partner, with his team of 10. I remember him from his first interview. He's just an extraordinary young man, Dalelio said of the high school senior.

Anthony has a 3.0 grade point average, plays the trumpet in the school band, got an 1800 on his SATs and is a member of his school Greek and Latin Classics Club. He will study government at Hamilton next fall, and hopes to become a lawyer in the entertainment industry.

Anthony's parents moved to Mattapan from Haiti before he was born. He will be just the second person in his family to attend college. Anthony is very dedicated. He's the type of student who learns things because he has a love of learning, said Lauren Flinn, an academic counselor at the Steppingstone Foundation, a nonprofit that helped the teen get into Boston Latin Academy and apply for the scholarship.

The Posse Foundation has programs in cities around the country. It has a 90 percent college graduation rate.

It's like winning the lottery, said Anthony's mother, Pierre-Marie Mathieu. I'm so thankful.

Copyright by the Boston Herald and Herald Media. Reprinted from The Boston Herald of Sunday, January 13, 2008.

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